Photo courtesy of the Office of Governor Tom Wolf.

Pennsylvanians have more restrictions to contend with for three weeks.

Today Gov. Tom Wolf announced new mitigation efforts to stop the spread of Covid. From Saturday, Dec. 12 at 12:01 a.m. to Monday, Jan. 4 at 8 a.m., indoor dining is prohibited, though outdoor service, takeout and delivery are allowed.

Extracurricular activities at schools are suspended and indoor gatherings cannot exceed 10 people. Entertainment industry businesses and others, such as theaters, concert halls, museums, casinos, bowling allies, private clubs and fitness facilities, are prohibited from operation. Outdoor activities are limited to 50 people.

Churches, synagogues and other places of worship will remain open.

The announcement comes on the heels of a Dec. 10 report that saw 11,972 additional cases of Covid in Pennsylvania, which is the second-highest single-day increase since Dec. 5, when 12,884 cases were reported. Of Thursday’s totals, 11,066 are confirmed and 906 are recorded as probable cases.

On Tuesday, Wolf tested positive for Covid. He is asymptomatic and in isolation at home. He has since tested negative.

He said his test result is a reminder that even if you follow every precaution, you can still contract the virus.

“We have to work together now more than ever to protect one another and stay safe,” he said.

Kristy Locklin

Kristy Locklin is a North Hills-based writer. When she's not busy reporting, she enjoys watching horror movies and exploring Pittsburgh's craft beer scene.